“Long years ago… we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes, but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance……….

From this speech by then PM Jawaharlal Nehru on 15th August 1957 to celebrating 75 years of freedom with the 76th Independence Day 2022, our country has come a long way. 15th August is celebrated annually in India with great pomp and show as it commemorates the day, India finally got independence from over 200 years of British Raj. This event is of great significance for Indians to not only celebrate independence but also pay homage to the martyrs.

Official Celebrations:

 Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony at the historic Red Fort, New Delhi
Independence Day flag hoisting ceremony at the historic Red Fort, New Delhi
Image Credit: PradeepGaurs

For 75 years the country has celebrated Independence Day as a gala occasion. Most of the celebration starts in the morning. There is unfurling of the Indian Flag at the Red Fort in New Delhi, by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister gives a speech that is televised for the nation. Flag hoisting ceremonies and cultural programmes are held across all states by respective Chief Ministers.

There are flag hoisting ceremonies and programmes held across schools, colleges, government offices and housing societies also.

Other public celebrations:

People flying a giant Indian tricolor kite
People flying a giant Indian tricolor kite to celebrate Independence Day
Image Credit: joviton dcosta

Kite flying has attained great significance on this day. Children and adults gather to fly their tricolor kites. It is a celebration of a new, sovereign and free India.

Plans for celebrating Independence Day 2022:

Independence Day 2022 brings a special edition of the national festival. So, it is bound to be celebrated in the grandest of ways. The Government of India launched the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign to mark 75 years of Independence.

Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav:

‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign to mark 75 years of Independence
‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign to mark 75 years of Independence

The Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav campaign was kickstarted on 12th March 2021 and is proposed to be a 15-month long festival to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. The campaign is set to end on 15th August 2023. Under the campaign, several initiatives will be happening.

For Independence Day 2022, the GOI has rolled out certain initiatives for a series of celebrations. Some of these initiatives include:

  • ‘Azadi ki Rail Gadi Aur Station’- This was a week-long celebration in July. Some important trains and stations, that were crucial in the freedom struggle, were decorated and stations lit up with shows on the freedom struggle.
  • Motorcycle Ride to Kargil- Organized by the Border Roads Organization, this was a bike rally to Kargil, to commemorate 23 years of victory in the Kargil War against Pakistan.
  • India vs World XI- The BCCI is likely to organize a cricket match between teams of current and veteran players from India and one team from around the world.
  • ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’- This campaign would encourage Indian citizens to hoist a flag outside their houses to show their ‘love for the nation’. The BMC will provide free flags to every household in Mumbai to commemorate Independence Day 2022.

Also Read: Countries That Celebrate Independence Day On August 15 Along With India

Apart from these, there are several special events in line.

Themes of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav:

1. Freedom struggle- Bringing alive stories of unsung freedom heroes. There are various programmes under this theme.
2. Ideas@75- Programmes inspired by ideas and ideals that will help us shape the country positively.
3. Resolve@75- Collective resolve & determination to play our part to shape the country positively.
4. Action@75- Right efforts to take India to higher positions in the world.
5. Achievements@75- Public display of the achievements of a 75-year-old India.

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Here is how different states across the country plan to celebrate Independence day 2022:

New Delhi:

India Gate decorated to celebrate India's Independence
India Gate decorated to celebrate India’s Independence
Image Credit: Rakesh Nayar

As it is the capital of India, Independence day celebrations here are a matter of grandeur. The NDMC has decided to install national flags and lights on all major roads and Lutyens Zone roundabouts, and display short films on the tricolour across LED screens in the New Delhi area. Several campaigns and events will be conducted in the days leading up to the big day. If you want to witness the grandest celebrations of India, there is no better place than the capital city of New Delhi. After witnessing the celebrations, you can head over for a beautiful monsoon trek or just a relaxing holiday to Uttarakhand with our Uttarakhand tour packages.

Jammu & Kashmir:

Indian army Parade rehearsal performing stunt holding national flag
Indian army Parade rehearsal performing stunt holding national flag
Image Credit: RAMNIKLAL MODI

It can be a delight to be in Jammu & Kashmir during Independence Day as the beauty of the region adds to the celebrations. Various important landmarks like the Clock Tower at Lal Chowk, Salal Dam, Zero Bridge and various other bridges and buildings are lit up in the colors of the Indian flag.

Explore our Jammu and Kashmir tour packages to visit  paradise on earth this Independence Day to not only witness beautiful flag-hoisting ceremonies but also be stunned by the unparalleled beauty of the valley.

Leh & Ladakh:

Drass Valley, Ladakh
Drass Valley, Ladakh
Image Credit: PradeepGaurs

Main Independence Day 2022 events will be held at the Polo ground, Leh, and the Khree Sultan Cho Stadium, Kargil. Visit Ladakh during Independence Day to witness the flypast by the Indian Air Force. In this region, flags are also hoisted on places as high as 19,300ft.

Celebrating Independence Day in Ladakh with our Leh  Ladakh tour package can be a unique experience owing to the fact that the region houses important landmarks to India’s freedom struggle like Kargil.

Sikkim:

Tricolour painted on auto rickshaw in West Bangal
Tricolour painted on an auto rickshaw in West Bengal
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Independence Day 2022 celebrations have already begun in Sikkim. A few days earlier the Chief Patron launched an Independence Day Celebration banner. The celebrations continued with a cultural programme at Soreng District School. There was fun, entertainment and also a football match between the teams of Sikkim and Siliguri. These elevations are expected to continue up to 15th August.

After the celebrations, a trip around the seven states of North-East India would be a much-needed relaxing vacation.

Maharashtra:

Gateway Of India
Sound and Light show at Gateway Of India

Maharashtra’s Mumbai is the financial capital of India and also celebrates the day with splendor. This year the Brihan Mumbai Corporation (BMC) has planned to give free flags to hoist to all the houses in Mumbai, a laser show will be conducted on Marine Drive, 600 hoardings and banners will be put up on BEST buses and various important monuments will be lit-up. The estimated cost of the entire celebration will be about ₹30 crores.

Come to Maharashtra for the Independence Day celebrations, but stay for the divine monsoon experiences of food, trekking, hill stations, etc.

There will be celebrations across other states of India for this special occasion. If you are planning to visit this vibrant and mesmerizing country, you can book your flights to India and opt for our all-inclusive India tour packages in late August. This way you can experience the monsoons of India and also some of the festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Independence Day, Parsi New Year, Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturti, etc.

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